Are you looking for holiday inspiration, family travel tips and resources to make family travel that little bit easier?
Then you’ve come to the right place. This page is jam packed full of the best family holiday destinations and the ultimate family travel tips. From tips about flying with kids, to packing lists, to suggestions of places to stay, you will find it all here.
If this is the first time you’ve visited Mini Travellers, then hi, my name is Karen. Mini Travellers follows myself, my husband Matt and our three girls as we travel all over the UK and the world.
Through Mini Travellers we share lots of family trips, both UK based and abroad. From days out, to family stays, we have you covered.
This page is our ultimate family travel resource page. It’s been designed to be an essential round up of any travel tips you might need for your family. Whether you are trying to find family travel inspiration, or family travel tips, you are in the right place.
We have covered everything here, from how to renew your child’s passport, to what to pack for camping, to where to stay both at home and abroad. We hope you find this page useful and if you do, we’d love you to share it with your friends.
Family Travel Tips
Mini Travellers is packed full of useful family travel tips. Whether you’re looking for ways to keep your house safe while travelling, or you need to know how to renew a childs passport, we have you covered. Here are some of our handy posts below:
Do you need to renew your childs passport? Here’s everything you need to know about child passport renewal.
Are you going on a family biking trip? If you’re not sure how to carry bikes on a car, or you have a particularly large family and you need to carry 5 bikes on a car, then this post is for you.
If your house is going to be lying empty while you are abroad, we have some top tips to keep it safe while you travel.
Are you going on a sailing holiday? Here’s our guide on how to learn to sail with kids.
Where are you going on your next family holiday? Do you know what you need to pack? We have lots of packing checklists on Mini Travellers. Whether you’re heading off camping for the first time with your family, or whether you are going on a magical trip to Disney World, we might just have the list for you.
Are you heading off camping with your family? Then this packing list is great for both regular camping and camping at festivals.
Are you going skiing with your kids for the first time? Then this packing checklist is for you.
Eurocamp is such a fun way to explore more of Europe with kids. If you’re not sure what to pack for a trip to Eurocamp though, then we have you covered.
If you’re planning a family trip to Africa, your suitcase might need a few different essentials than it would if you were travelling to Europe. Read our ultimate packing list for Africa with kids here!
Are you heading to Disneyland or Disney World with kids? Whether they are older or under the age of 5, this handy packing list will be useful for you.
Travelling abroad with a baby for the first time can be overwhelming and you really don’t want to forget anything important. If you are planning to travel abroad with your baby soon, then this packing list will come in handy.
Flying With Kids
We have tons of experience in flying as a family and with three kids under the age of 8 years old we have certainly developed a few tips and tricks for ensuring a fun, smooth flight each time. Are you flying with kids for the first time or are you flying under unique circumstances? Whether you are flying long haul, short haul, with babies or older kids, we have some tips just for you!
Are you flying with kids? Whether it’s your first time flying with children, or you’re a seasoned family traveller, see above our top tips for flying with kids.
Our first guide was more directed at older kids. If you are planning on flying with a baby, then this post above, is more suitable for you.
Preparing to fly long haul with a baby might feel a little overwhelming, but here’s a survival guide to help you travel with ease with a one year old.
Are you planning on flying when pregnant? Here’s some of our top tips just for you.
Long haul flights can sometimes be quite daunting, but with the right essentials packed your flight can be made really easy. Are you planning on flying long haul with your kids? Then don’t forget these 10 flight essentials.
What happens if your child is poorly and you still need to fly? If you suddenly find your child has come down with chicken pox, read all about if you can still fly and what you can do in this situation.
Caravanning and Camping With Kids
Our mini travellers love going camping and over the years we have been lucky enough to go camping many, many times. Are you going caravanning, glamping or camping with your kids for the first time? Then we have all the travel resources for you.
If it’s your first time camping as a family, then these travel tips above will really come in handy.
Are you going camping with a baby? Here’s everything you need to know; from what to pack, to what to expect.
Lots of people are put off at the thought of camping with toddlers, but toddlers actually love camping and it can be a great way to spend some quality family time together. If you are planning on camping with your toddler, read our top tips here!
Maybe you’ve decided to go for more a more ‘glamourous’ camping option. If you’re planning on going glamping with your toddler, read our top tips on what to expect and how to make the most of your holiday.
Family-Friendly Campsites UK
Are you looking for some great places to go camping, glamping and caravanning in the UK? We have a whole range of family reviews highlighting the best places to stay all over the UK.
If you’re looking to go glamping near London, you need to check out Feather Down campsite. Stay in huge safari tents just an hour’s drive outside of the city. If miles of unspoiled countryside and complete and utter peace and quiet sound great to you, then this is the place for you.
How does lakeside glamping sound? If your family love water sports then they’ll love the Tamar Lake in Cornwall. Either stay in your own tent or in glamping pods and spend your days enjoying activities such as sailing, gig rowing and raft building.
If you love the idea of staying in a spacious bell tent and having dinner around a camp fire, then Welsummer in Kent is ideal for your family. With big furry rugs and plenty of space for even a large family. this glamping spot is really idyllic.
If you are looking for a quiet, secluded family campsite that gets you back into nature, then cloud farm is for you. You’ll need to take your own tent and it is more suited to older kids, as there are some open cliff tops, but with beautiful views and streams to paddle in, its a lovely family spot for a holiday.
If you’re looking for a different type of caravan or camping holiday, why not hire a VW Campervan for the weekend? Find out more about doing this in the Yorkshire Dales here.
Picket Pods is camping, but not as you know it. These beautiful glamping pods are so good, even your teenagers will love them!
Beverley Park in Paignton is a very family friendly caravan park. If you want to try soft archery, water walkers and body zorbs, then this place is for you!
If you’re looking to try glamping then why not try a short break in the Peak District! These beautiful pods will give your camping holiday more of a luxurious spin to it.
Camping and Caravanning Club Sites
If the glamping, camping and caravanning destinations above aren’t enough, we also have lots of reviews on ‘Camping and Caravanning Club Sites’. These are sites all over the UK where you can bring your own campervan or tent.
You can read our ultimate guide to the best UK ‘Camping and Caravanning Club Sites‘ here. Alternatively you can pick and choose from our reviews based on location below:
- Northumberland Camping and Caravanning Club Site Review
- Ready Camp at Blackmore Camping and Caravanning Club Site Review
- Conkers Camping and Caravanning Club Site Review
- Llanystumdwy Camping and Caravanning Club Site Review
- Windermere Camping and Caravanning Club Site Review
- Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club Site Review
- Hayfield Camping and Caravanning Club Site Review
- Boroughbridge Camping and Caravan Club Site Review
- Drayton Manor Camping and Caravan Club Site Review
Family-Friendly Campsites Europe
Mini Travellers loves camping both in the UK and abroad. Both our family and our reviewers have been lucky enough to test out a lot of campsites in Europe. If you’re looking to go camping in Europe, then we have all the posts you could ever need. If you’re looking to find the best places to camp in France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and beyond then this section is for you.
As a family, we love camping in France. It’s close to the UK, easy to get to by Ferry and there are some great campsites. If France is your choice too and you’re looking for a family friendly campsite that’s particularly in the south of France, we’ve rounded up 7 of our favourite below:
This is the ‘ultimate family guide to Eurocamp’. This post will cover everything you need to know about a family holiday to Eurocamp, including; what you need to pack, how to travel to Eurocamp, why Eurocamp is amazing for a family holiday and which are the best Eurocamp parks to stay in throughout Europe.
If you’d prefer to find a family friendly campsite in the North of France, or in Central France, then this guide is for you:
8 Of The Best Eurocamp Sites For Families in Northern and Central France
Or perhaps you’d like to go further afield. If you wanted to camp and spend some time in Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, Luxembourg or Croatia, then check out our guide to the best Eurocamp sites that aren’t in France.
If you’re still not sure where to stay then here’s our post on:
Alternatively, read our Ultimate Family Guide to Eurocamp where you will find all the best Eurocamp sites in Europe, as well as packing checklists, travel guides and tips for staying with kids of all ages.
Family-Friendly Hotels In The UK
Do you love a UK staycation? If you’re looking for some family friendly boltholes in the UK, then these accommodations are great for a family getaway:
If you are looking for a great family friendly hotel new Aberdovey, then Trefeddian is for you. The hotel is really kid-friendly. It has a games rooms, a lounge for younger children with books, playhouses, ride on toys, and a TV room. There is also a treasure hunt for children around the hotel and outdoor play zones.
With crazy gold, adventure playgrounds and event stations where you can try out archery, laser clay shooting and mountain biking – Carden Park Hotel is a great family friendly place to stay near Cheshire.
This is a must stay if you are a Harry Potter fan and visiting Scotland. Close by you can ride the Hogwarts express and relive some of the films best moments at some of the locations they used for filming.
With themed kids beds and a huge games zone in the foyer, this is the ultimate hotel for kids and the perfect spot to be if you want to explore Bognor Regis.
The location of the hotel is perfect for exploring both Leicestershire and Warwickshire and its incredibly family friendly. A nice touch is that each child who is staying at the hotel is given a welcome activity rucksack with a range of different activities inside.
If you’re looking for a family getaway to Cornwall, then check out Sands Resort Hotel near Newquay. Central to lots of famous Cornish attractions and a stones throw from the beach, your family will love a little trip to here.
Bedruthan Hotel is one of the most family friendly hotels in the UK. With free kids clubs every day, kids soft play zones, indoor and outdoor parks…oh and did we mention it’s right by the beach in Cornwall too?
Family-Friendly Holiday Parks In The UK
Are you looking to stay in a family friendly holiday park? As a family we love holiday parks. They offer your family so much that you don’t even need to leave the park once you are there. We’ve listed a few of our favourite holiday parks below. If you’re considering a family break to a holiday park, you can’t go wrong with any of these.
Center Parcs is one of the most famous holiday park groups in the UK. Read our ultimate guide for recommendations of the best parcs to visit, as well as what to do while you are on site.
Not everyone loves Center Parcs. It may be out of your price range or it may be too big and too overcrowded, so I regularly get asked for alternatives to Center Parcs and what we might recommend.
In no particular order, here are 10 Family Friendly Alternatives to Center Parcs that you may want to consider – with reviews from me or other family travel bloggers.
Bluestone resort is a fantastic holiday village in Wales and is similar to Center. Close to the beach, you can either explore offsite or spend all of your time onsite making full use of all of the facilities. There are plenty of things to do for kids of all ages, including group activities for babies, toddlers, young kids and teenagers. There are pools, play parks and activities such as shooting and archery, as well as nature trails to explore and group activities such as bushcraft and panning for gold.
Family-Friendly Self-Catering Cottages In The UK
We love going on mini staycations around the UK and nothing feels like home away from home than a self-catering cottage. Sometimes its nice to stay somewhere where you have your own kitchen to cook in and … Here’s some of our favourite family-friendly self catering cottages in the UK, all tried either by us or our Mini Traveller reviewers.
If you’re heading for a family getaway to Wales, you need to see these beautiful coastal cottages in Pembrokeshire. Pembrokeshire is a stunning, seaside town that is full of fun things for kids to do. Well worth a visit for a mini family break
Another place we highly recommend in Wales is The Granary. It’s really suitable for even the youngest of kids and its close to a castle and a zoo!
Greenwood Grange is a great family holiday cottage if you’re looking to explore Dorset.
Warren Holiday Cottages are great if you are planning a visit to somewhere like Drayton Manor (Thomas Land) or Leamington Spa. A family friendly farm, the kids will especially love seeing the free range animals wandering about.
If you are visiting the Cotswolds, we really recommend staying in Bruern Cottages. It is very child friendly, with plenty of toys for kids to play with, an onsite pool, play parks and so much more.
The Cartshed is an incredibly beautiful family friendly self-catering cottage in North Yorkshire. Close to lots of family friendly spots. You will really enjoy a stay here and you will especially love the wonderful gift basket on arrival.
Self-Catering Cottages In Cornwall
We have collected lots of reviews of self-catering cottages in Cornwall on Mini Travellers, so we’ve given them a mini section of their own. Cornwall is a great place to explore with your family and here are some of the loveliest places to stay.
Rumsdale is a perfect, cosy cottage close to Looe and Polperro. It’s family friendly and equipped with everything you need for a short family break away.
Close to Lostwhitiel, these farm cottages are great to stay in all year around. Yes, even in Winter! Not only are the cottages family friendly, but kids will love getting to help out on the farm during their stay. They’ll get to help feed pigs, goats, guinea pigs and rabbits should they wish! They might even get to collect an egg or two.
Another farm stay, Bosinver Farm cottages are really beautiful. Tucked away between St Austell and Mevagissey, Bosinver Farm Cottages are set on a 30-acre farm complete with friendly farm animals that kids can meet and feed. There are also so many onsite family friendly activities, you might not even want to leave!
Set in the Looe Valley, Treworgey Cottages are close to lots of famous Cornish attractions and towns. The cottages themselves are perfect for families of all ages and the cottages are set on a farm thats full of child friendly facilities. There is a heated outdoor pool, play areas a plenty, horse riding stables and so much more.
Close to Bodmin in North Cornwall, Glynn Barton Cottages are another great family friendly find. With outdoor areas specifically created for toddlers, as well as older kids, expect to find a maze, a games room, a mini football pitch, tennis courts, a swimming pool and so much more!
Theme Park Hotels In The UK
Alton Towers is such a fun theme park to visit with your family and its worth extending your time there and staying at the Splash Landings Hotel. Read all about it here.
Are you planning a trip to Gullivers World in Cheshire? Check out their family friendly resort hotel. It might make you want to stay a little bit longer.
Legoland Hotel in Windsor is amazing for families. With themed activities and plenty to do for kids, its a must try if you are visiting Windsor.
This safari themed hotel will really bring Chessington World Of Adventures alive. You can also see the real life animals from the windows. Where else can you watch ostriches while you eat breakfast?
Festivals With Kids
Are you heading off to a festival with your kids? As seasoned festival goers, we have lots of festival tips, tricks and guides on Mini Travellers.
If you’re heading to a festival for the first time with your kids, then this survival guide will make sure you not only ‘survive’ but you have a great time too.
Top Tips For Festival Glamping With Children (Plus Free Checklist)
If you are planning on glamping with children at a festival then we’ve put together some top tips that you might find useful.
Skiing With Kids
We love going skiing as a family and no matter the ages of your kids, you’re sure to find a family ski holiday that suits you. If you’re looking for tips on skiing with kids, a ski destination guide, or even a guide to the best clothes to wear while skiing, then you are in the right place.
If you’ve never been skiing with your family before and you’re not sure where to start with booking a family ski holiday, then the post above is for you.
Don’t be put off a ski holiday if you have an under one in tow. There are still opportunities for a great ski holiday, even with the youngest of kids. Find out more in this post.
What do you pack when going skiing with kids? Find our handy checklist here.
If you’re going skiing for the weekend, here’s a round up of everything you need to do before you go.
What To Wear While Skiing
Here’s our round up of what you should wear for skiing; including jackets, socks and what to wear under your main ski clothes.
If you’re looking for matching ski clothes for twins, this post is for you.
What should dads wear while skiing? Here’s the best ski wear you can buy for men.
Are you looking for ski wear for Mums? From the best thermal tops, to the best ski socks, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s our round up of the best ski clothes for kids of all ages.
Ski Resort Reviews
Now you’ve worked out what to pack and if a ski holiday is right for your family, you’re probably looking for the best, family friendly ski destinations. Here’s some of our recommendations.
We love Mark Warner holidays because they’re so family friendly. Find out more about what they offer, including teaching kids to ski, in our post above.
If you’re looking for a ski destination with great childcare options, then this hotel in Tignes is for you!
Are you looking for a little more luxury for your ski holiday? Find out more about this beautiful chalet in Morzine.
Are you looking for a great value family holiday? Here’s our guide on which ski resort offers the best value skiing!
If you’re looking for a budget ski holiday, then this post is for you. Find out the cheapest places to ski with your family in Winter!
Cruising With Kids
Are you going on a family cruise? Cruise ships are incredible for kids. There are endless things to do on board a ship and kids will never get board, no matter the length of your holiday. If you’re going on a family cruise for the first time, we have some top tips for you.
If you’re going on a cruise with a baby, here’s everything you need to know, including the best rooms to book and whether to use the babysitting service or not.
Find out more about cruise holidays with children, including kids clubs, different shows you can watch and the variety of activities you can do.
We went on a family cruise on the ‘Anthem Of The Seas’, one of the Royal Caribbeans newest ships. With 8 pools, an amazing choice of eateries, plenty of entertainment for every age and even a room you can fly in, find out why this ship is a must try!
If you’re worried about what to do if there is a medical emergency on a cruise ship, fear not. Whether you’re travel sick, or you suddenly find yourself suddenly severely poorly, here’s how the cruise ship will take care of you.
Destination Guide: Italy With Kids
Italy, one of Europes most famous and beloved countries.
From where to stay, to what to eat, to what to do; come and read our guide on spending 36 hours in Bologna with kids.
Digging for treasure, visiting aquariums, spotting dolphins…there is plenty for kids to fall in love with in Elba. Read our guide to Elba in Italy with kids here.
Venice should be on everyones bucket list. This unique city is a playground for both kids and adults a like. Come and find out what to do with kids in Venice and read our guide on how to do Venice on a budget.
Have you ever thought about visiting Sardinia in Italy with kids? It really is a beautiful, family friendly destination. With delicious food to try, grottos to explore and legendary festivals, it’s sure to be a place the whole family enjoys.
Giglio Island isn’t the most famous Italian holiday destination, in fact, you might not have even heard of it. But, it is still a great place to visit with kids. It’s home to some of Tuscany’s best beaches, the clear waters are perfect for snorkelling and other water sports and you get to explore somewhere a little more off the beaten path. Read more about it in our guide here.
Rome is one of the most famous cities in the world and there is so much to see and do for kids in this city. From eating pizza to exploring historic sites, find out more in our guide here.
Umbria is breathtakingly stunning. If you’re looking for a more serene holiday with kids, we cannot recommend it enough. In this guide we share with you where to stay and what to do with kids in beautiful Umbria.
Destination Guide: Spain With Kids
Spain is such a beautiful, family friendly destination all year around and we have some amazing guides for a whole variety of Spanish destinations on Mini Travellers.. Here are some of our favourite places to visit with kids:
From beautiful beaches, to aqua parks, here’s some reasons to visit Costa Brava with kids.
Barcelona is such a family friendly destination and there are plenty of things to see and do including zoos, cable cars, aquariums and so much more. Read our family guide to Barcelona here.
Majorca is a beautiful island and incredibly family friendly. Home to a huge aquarium, beautiful beaches and mountain trains, you’re sure to fall in love with this destination. Read our tips for visiting Majorca with kids here.
With lots of sunshine, family friendly restaurants a plenty and beautiful beaches, here’s our top 10 tips for a fun family holiday to Lanzarote
Valencia is incredibly child friendly and has the most beautiful food. Find out what to do with kids in Valencia in our post here.
Is Ibiza family friendly? Ibiza isn’t just a party island, find out where the best places are to go with kids and what family friendly activities you’ll find on the island.
See the whales and dolphins in Tenerife, visit one of Europes biggest water parks and spend time on beautiful sandy beaches. Find out more about what there is to do in Tenerife with kids in our guide.
Destination Guide: France With Kids
Are you heading to France with your family? Find out more about some of the great family friendly places you can see.
Planning a visit to the famous Paris? There are so many kid friendly places to visit in Paris and this guide will help you to find them.
Corsica is such a beautiful place to go to with kids and from donkey treks to kayaking, there are plenty of family friendly activities for you to try. Check out our quick guide here.
Brittany is one of our favourite places to go with kids. It’s not too far from the UK and there is plenty to see and do. Find out more about a holiday to Brittany with kids here.
Destination Guide: USA With Kids
Are you planning a family holiday to the USA? If you’re not sure where to go, we’ve got some great guides on Mini Travellers rounding up what to do in some of the most famous spots.
Read our ultimate guide on New York with kids. From what to eat, to where to explore, to what seasonal activities there are to do with kids, we have you covered!
Here’s how to spend 36 hours in Boston with kids, including where to spot some whales and different tours you should try out.
From Disneyland, to beautiful parks, festivals and more, here’s 15 reasons to visit Los Angeles with kids.
Apart from to visit Disney World, there are plenty of other things to do around Orlando with kids. Find out our top tips on planning a family holiday to this area.
From cable cars to sea lion shows, see our top 5 reasons to visit San Francisco with kids
If you’re California dreaming, this guide is for you. Find out what you can do with kids in the Orange County, including a trip to Universal!
Florida is an amazing family friendly holiday destination. With nature trails and adventure activities a plenty, we round up some of the best things to do with your kids in Florida.
I hope these family travel resources were helpful to you. If there is anything missing from this page that you’d like to know about, do get in touch and I’ll try and add the resource. In the meantime, there are plenty more travel resources, tips and inspiration on the rest of the Mini Travellers blog. I hope you enjoy checking it out.
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